We want to ensure that Christmas lunch is special for our residents and their families. We have designed a traditional Christmas menu to delight the taste buds this festive season with homemade soup, roast turkey and all the trimmings or carrot and cashew nut roast followed by Christmas pud or ice cream. At 3pm we will be serving mince pies, just in time for the Queen’s Speech.
When special interest publishing firm, Immediate Media, hosted a Christmas tea party for some of our residents, they spared no attention to detail.
The event was celebrated at the company’s headquarters in Hammersmith where guests were treated to a veritable spread of tasty delights. Everyone was royally fed and watered, as well as entertained by a visiting children’s choir. “It was a lovely surprise to see the children and the event totally exceeded my expectations,” said one of the guests afterwards.
However, even the best laid plans can go slightly astray and when one of the taxis booked to take people back to CNC was delayed by an hour, Immediate Media staff intervened to smooth the path home. They booked and paid for alternative transport and one of their employees insisted on sitting with the resident in question and our accompanying healthcare assistant until the replacement car arrived.
“We can’t thank Immediate enough. We are forever grateful and most impressed with the level of care and attention shown to us,” commented one of our staff team.
The Chiswick has a veritable advent calendar of activities in December, packed with festive things to do from the 1st of the month, right through to Christmas Day and on to New Year’s Eve. We’ll all need to put our feet up and take it easy by the time 2020 comes around.
VOICES OF ANGELS
To help get the festive music underway, there will be a visit from a group of pupils from nearby Wendell Park Primary School. Music plays a key role in the life of the school with all of the children offered the chance to learn and develop musical skills, whether it be singing or playing an instrument. We look forward to hearing some angelic voices and favourite Yuletide songs.
LET’S GET READY
The build-up to Christmas is half the fun. Who doesn’t like cards, decorations and present wrapping? We’ll be doing our bit at various arts and crafts sessions where residents will stamp their own personalities on decorations that we’ll hang around our building plus presents and cards for their loved ones.
PARTY, PARTY, PARTY
A party is not just for Christmas. At CNC, we look for every opportunity to celebrate and December is the best month of all. We kick off with a St Andrew’s Day celebration, followed by a Christmas tea on 5th December, before moving on to a Mistletoe and Wine Tour, exclusive Christmas parties for some of our separate suites as well as a big Tea Day on Sunday 15 December. All this leads up to a big Christmas Eve celebration with presents and a good, old-fashioned sing-along with the popular ‘Cockney Sparrer’, Tommy Parsons, who will be making a return visit.
Of course, Christmas wouldn’t be the same without a traditional pantomime so this year the Carousel Theatre Group are visiting The Chiswick with their enchanting production of Dick Whittington with music jokes and plenty of favourite songs to sing along to. We can’t wait.
Toes were tapping and some were re-creating that famous ‘Shadow Walk’ as ‘Shadows’ tribute band, ‘The Runaways’ strutted their stuff.
Residents were transported back the 60s as the band played Shadows’ hits and a wide range of rock and roll favourites.
An audience member said afterwards: “It was wonderful. The band was very good and they really looked the part with their smart suits and red guitars. I half expected to see Cliff Richard walk through the door and join them.”